Category Archives: Public Works

Advantages of Fabric Buildings Over Traditional Structures

If the children’s story The Three Little Pigs were written today, the smart pig would have made his home with a fabric building. He had to sacrifice time and fun to build a strong home that would protect him from the big bad wolf. His brothers however, unwilling to sacrifice fun or spend much on materials lost their homes to a huff and a buff. A fabric building would allow the smart pig (and site managers) to not compromise time for strength and vice versa. There are many advantages fabric buildings have over traditional buildings. In addition to faster setup, fabric buildings are more cost-effective, portable, low-maintenance, and easy to change. They also aren’t limited to one surface type and allow plenty of natural light. A fabric building surely, would outlast a huff and a puff with all these benefits.

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Alaska Structures: Shelters for Extreme Heat

Fabric structures have proven their strength in very cold climates and with heavy snow loads. The strength of fabric structures is possible in very hot climates as well, with cutting-edge technology, to support operations. In addition to UV coatings to protect fabrics, Alaska Structures provides many product options to make your fabric structure stronger. There are insulation packages that help the inside of the structures stay cool as well as environmental control units. The fabric structures receive these upgrades without compromising their portable nature, nor quick and easy setup. You can use these structures for any type of operation; these structures have few limitations.

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Fabric Buildings & Energy Efficiency

You may have your operations housed in an old building, wasting energy and driving up costs due to poor insulation, etc. Before you begin upgrades, it’s important to explore all your options for repairing an old structure or building a new one. Sometimes repairing an old structure can be just as expensive as building a new one, and both take a lot of time. Another option is to use a fabric building to support your operations, as they are fast and easy to setup. In addition, they are typically less costly than upgrades or a building a brick-and-mortar structure. Alaska Structures designs fabric structures with a host of benefits and ways to save and increase energy efficiency.

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Ruggedly Mobile Fabric Structures

How frustrating is it to spend a lot of money on a product, to open it and find it damaged from transport? Fabric structures, while more affordable than brick-and-mortar buildings, are a great investment that are often customized with many details. It’s important to find a company that takes the time to protect your structures from shipping damages, starting with its packaging. Alaska Structures fabric buildings are shipped in very durable rotomold containers that you can even reuse. This is an added bonus if you have operations that require a lot of moving because you can always protect your structure through transport. The design and bonus features of these structures can handle any rugged, mobile conditions.

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Fabric Buildings vs. ISO Containers

ISO shipping containers provide a way for intermodal transport, shipping items from the ship to the rails and then to trucks. This versatility doesn’t translate to housing and camping, however some commercial and governmental operations use them for this purpose. Imagine trying to sleep or work inside a metal crate with no windows or insulation. Those aren’t optimal conditions to live or work in. A better option for a camp system would be a fabric structure, designed to house people and equipment. Factors that make fabric structures a better option are safety, shipping costs, portability, construction costs, versatility, and energy efficiency.

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Green Building Practices With Alaska Structures

Nationally and globally there have been efforts to reduce waste and pollution on our planet, including the recent Paris Agreement. With global warming and new legislation, operations must use energy-efficient and eco-friendly buildings to help the planet and avoid lawsuits. Green buildings efficiently use energy, protect occupant health and reduce waste and pollution according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Alaska Structures offers a solution for operations managers that will follow EPA standards while not increasing operation costs a lot. Their fabric structures are equipped with lots of options that cut down energy costs, are reusable, and comfortable for employees to work in.

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